Efforts to Limit Fuel Cycle Capabilities Falter

By Miles A. Pomper with Wade Boese

As the Bush administration seeks to curtail the spread of uranium-enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing technologies abroad, its preferred approaches are losing support.

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Frank McKinnon said...

I am glad to see that concern over GNEP has motivated the publishing of your article. GNEP has caused great distress for people living near proposed GNEP facility sites in 11 geographical regaions throughout the United States.

GNEP is a plan to have one location in the United States where the rest of the world would send used nuclear fuel rods (highly radioactive) to be reprocessed. The GNEP facility site would, also, have an "Advanced Burner Reactor." Reprocessing not only poses a risk of out of controll proliferation of nuclear weapons, it poses a great risk on the lives of people living near a reprocessing facility. The Advanced Burner Reactor is only an idea on paper, at this point, but it also appears to follow priciples that would place peoples' lives at risk.

The way the Department of Energy and Bush Administration have presented GNEP is to make it so that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have no authority to enforce the law that the GNEP site. There are many reason for GNEP not being held accountable for abiding by the law.

Though some Democrats have been sucked into the money trap that GNEP offers, it is, for most part, being promoted by Republicans.

McCain has expressed his desire to lift the ban on reprocessing nuclear waste in the United States. He uses the status of France and nuclear energy to justify his desire. I don't know if he is aware that France has the highest rate of cancer in Europe.

Obama has made evident that he opposes reprocessing nuclear waste. I hope that the people living near the proposed GNEP faclity sites become aware of Obama's opposition to reprocessing and that they vote him.